The energy and activity that came to 12South several years ago and overhauled the neighborhood (and continues to do so) is creeping east. Eighth Avenue South is fast becoming Nashville’s next epicenter of urban renewal.
A Founding Father, philosopher-politician, inventor, farmer, author of the Declaration of Independence, leader in the Enlightenment, university founder – there are many accolades and attributes that can be extolled upon Thomas Jefferson. But as Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meacham reveals in his upcoming book, the third president of the United States may be our most overexposed and least understood.
When you meet Bradley Gordon, you quickly pick up something in him deeply Southern, and yet also intriguingly eclectic. The Oxford, Mississippi, painter’s journey reflects that dynamic as well. He grew up on a family farm, but later in life taught art in Japan and spent some time as a DJ. It’s the sum of all his diverse experiences that he conveys in his work – interpreting wildlife in the South with such a vibrant expression.
He didn’t design Music City Center, the Pinnacle Building, the Batman Building (he doesn’t even like that one) or any of our other skyline behemoths, but architect Nick Dryden’s projects in Nashville’s neighborhoods just might be more important.